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Swiss peasants harvest spaghetti from trees, 1957
Prankster causes volcano to erupt, 1974
Van Gogh's ear exhibited, 1935
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Prof. Wingard's Death Ray Hoax, 1876
Vilcabamba, the town of very old people, 1978
The disumbrationist art hoax, 1924
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
The Nazi Air Marker Hoax, 1942
BMW Moveable Steering Wheel -- April Fool's Day, 1986
BMW announced that its engineer Aap Rilfühl had figured out a way to allow drivers to switch the position of their steering wheel, so that British drivers could move the wheel whenever they crossed the channel from Britain to France:
By incorporating a second-unit steering wheel socket and instrument panel into a conventional glove compartment, Dr. Rilfühl was able to provide the basis for a secondary driving position.

The fascia, naturally enough, conforms to 'Continenal' standars — with a kph speedometer, and the 'Lawson' fuel gauge reading in litres.

Then, by the insertion of a lynch-pin into the steering wheel column, fellow engineer Hans Grabbem was able to devise the first quick-release steering wheel. (Incorporated, too, into the column is a secondary 'Continental' horn — the 'Vorin-Drivers' 80 decibel air-horn.)


April Fool Categories: Cars, 1986, BMW.
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